SHARE's Cancer Support Blog | Support Resources: Exercise

How to deal with cancer-related weight gain?

Pounds have a way of piling on after a cancer diagnosis. For some, the culprit is steroids prescribed during chemotherapy. For others, it's tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors taken to ward off hormone-positive cancers. And for many, it's comfort-eating to assuage the awful anxiety. Learn more about cancer-related weight control in this blog post by Megan Rutherford. Read More >


Audio Available: Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Ann Fonfa

In this SHARE Talk Radio episode, Ann Fonfa, founder of Annie Appleseed Project, shares her experience with Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and offers information about how patients can use CAM while undergoing treatment for cancer. Read More >


A Marathon for Meg

SHARE supporter Kat Heverin showed what a true friend is made of last Sunday at the New York Marathon. Kat ran the New York City Marathon to encourage her friend Meg, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and raised money for SHARE.  Read More >


A Caregiver's Personal Story of Hope, Compassion and.... Running!

WE RUN 5K Fitness Fun Run/Walk Executive Director, Tricia Singh shares her perspective on how being a caregiver compelled her to launch the annual fitness event that is expected to draw hundreds of runners this Fall. Read More >


Studies Show More Benefits of Walking to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

According to new research from Duke University Medical Center, high cholesterol can increase your risk for breast cancer.  Read More >


Exercise Reduces Joint Pain from Cancer Meds!

I was so excited by the results of a recent study that affirmed what I've always known -- exercise can make you feel better!  Read More >


10 Simple Exercise Videos by Joan Pagano

Fitness Expert Joan Pagano demonstrates easy, low-stress ways to enhance movement and maintain good health.  Read More >


End of Day Couch Stretches (Video)

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Improve Posture with Stretch Bands

Simple exercises to strengthen weak back muscles and improve your posture. VIDEO. Read More >



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Video Desk Stretches

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Lymphedema: Taking Control – Management and Prevention

Last month at SHARE we had an educational program entitled, "Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema." It was received very warmly by women who were really hungry for some information to help them cope with a very serious and emotionally debilitating problem. Read More >


Light Exercise for Good Health: Calf Raise and Leg Stretches

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Kitchen Sink Leg Lifts

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The Modified or Stationary Lunge

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Working the Legs and Core Together

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Strengthen your chest area after breast surgery

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Gentle Morning Exercises with Joan Pagano: Video

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Lower Back Strengthening Exercises

In last month's blog, "Stretching for Lower Back Relief," I described three stretches that can relieve lower back pain after a TRAM-flap, or anytime. Once your incision is completely closed and well healed (about six weeks after surgery), and you are able to lie on your stomach, you can begin back strengthening exercises (of course with your doctor's approval!). Read More >


Stretching for Lower Back Relief

Does your lower back give you grief from time to time? Welcome to the club! Almost everybody has back pain at one time or another. Read More >



My long term client recently had a bilateral mastectomy.  I have known this woman for 24 years and she has always been physically active, training with me as well as keeping up with the exercises on her own.  She asked to meet with me before her surgery to be reassured that she would be able to maintain a physical lifestyle and do everything she had done before – workout, swim, ski, play tennis. Read More >


Fit Walking into Your Daily Schedule -- It's Easy!

Summer's a great time to take a break from your normal routine, try some different activities, or just kick back and enjoy some R & R. And then September arrives to remind us that it's time to get back on track, especially when it comes to your fitness routine.  One way to ease back into your program is to begin accumulating 30 minutes of walking most, at least five, days of the week. Read More >


Can Strength Training Prevent Lymphedema?

We had a great group of women at the program "Getting Fit after Breast or Ovarian Cancer" on June 27.* The fifteen participants were very energetic in exploring their fitness options and sharing their own experience.  We all got a lot of good tips and resources! Read More >


Real Life Exercise Methods

You don't have to run marathons or cycle on a fancy bike. "Functional fitness" works without memberships and very few, if any, tools or gimmicks. Real life exercise methods are effective, convenient and economical. They work for you and you can keep them up over time to see real results. Read More >


Push-Ups are for Everyone!

You can do it anytime, anywhere -- no equipment required! The push-up is a classic strengthening exercise that works multiple muscle groups of the upper body in an integrated way, the same way your body moves in daily life. This is the premise of "functional fitness": training the body in movement patterns that reinforce the way we perform our day-to-day activities. Read More >


Practice the Hip Hinge to Save Your Back and Improve Your Posture

May is "National Osteoporosis Awareness" month, the perfect time to share a tip on how to safely bend forward without stressing the back.... Read More >


Well-Balanced Women Reduce their Risk of Bone Breaks

Many Cancer survivors are at risk for bone loss -- either because they are of the age when osteoporosis occurs and/or because treatments may induce an early menopause.  Once we lose the protective effect of estrogen, our bones naturally lose strength, becoming more fragile and vulnerable to fracture.  Read More >


Relaxing on a Beach Blanket…in your living room!

One of my favorite stretches uses a rolled-up beach towel and the gentle force of gravity to open up the shoulders and relieve tension in the chest.  All you have to do is lie peacefully on your back and let your mind wander off to any exotic locale you choose.  Read More >


Getting Healthier 10 Minutes at a Time!

Experts say that as little as 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a day will give most people significant health benefits.  If you are just beginning to exercise, or are starting again after a long absence, set your goal on accumulating 30 minutes most, at least five days, of the week. Read More >


SMART Goal Setting for the New Year

As we look ahead to 2012, goal-setting is one of the best ways to stay motivated to exercise and get the results you want.  Experts in the field of self-improvement often recommend the SMART system of goal-setting, which states that goals must be Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Timed. Let's take the goal of losing weight and put it through this method. Read More >


Cardio Fitness: Go for the Gold!

As the engine that propels your cardiovascular system, your heart's ability to pump blood to your lungs determines your vitality and capacity for life. Cardiovascular fitness is one of the most important indicators of health and longevity in humans. While cancer treatments can significantly alter your cardio function and your fitness level, the goal is to recover pre-cancer conditioning and even increase it. Read More >


Squeezing Exercise into a Busy Holiday Schedule

Now is the time to create a mindset for keeping your body in shape during the hectic holiday season.  Think about accumulating bits of activity during the course of each day.  The consistency of doing "a little bit a lot" goes a long way to keeping you fit. Read More >


Exercise and Breast Cancer: One Woman's Story

"I've always exercised, but I increased the amount and type of exercise after being diagnosed in May five years ago," answered Margo Kornfeld, SHARE member and fitness enthusiast, when I asked her to tell me about her exercise regimen during treatment.  She went on to explain that she's a recreational cyclist and found it to be very therapeutic – plus wearing a helmet covered up her baldness!  Read More >


Stay Active Through Cancer Treatment -- A Pedometer Helps!

Some experts recommend accumulating 10,000 steps during the course of your day, which is roughly 5 miles. . . . Read More >


Stretching High and Low: Two Exercises to Restore Freedom of Movement

After breast surgery, you can restore freedom of movement in the arm and shoulder joints by stretching and doing range of motion exercises . Read More >


The Sara Meeks Method, Pt. II

In my last post, I described a series of gentle movements that are part of the Sara Meeks method. Read More >


Gentle Movements Can Restore Well-Being: The Sara Meeks Method

I've talked before about how helpful exercise can be in advancing the healing process. Recently I learned a sequence... Read More >


Exercise Speeds the Road to Recovery

Regular physical activity can enhance your well-being and ability to function during the time of breast cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. Read More >


Three Classic Strength Training Exercises for Arms Help Mastectomy Patients

After breast surgery, or any kind of surgery, muscles can start to waste away if people stop using them. That's why strength training is so important. Doing specific exercises... Read More >


There’s Something About Yoga

If you were to ask me my religion, my answer would be yoga. That's how deep my faith... Read More >


3 Tips to Align the Spine

In my last post on improving your posture, I described three simple stretchesto help open the shoulders and re-align them.  You should continue... Read More >


Practice Improving Your Posture

Our posture reveals so much about us.  Do you stand tall and confident or do you appear to be carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Read More >


The Key to S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G

Stretching is really important for people who've recently had breast or ovarian cancer surgery since it helps to combat the tendency of scar tissue to contract. Read More >


Strength Training Reduces Risk for Lymphedema

As a strength training expert and advocate, I was thrilled to read about the results of a recent study promoting weight lifting for breast cancer survivors. Read More >

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